Mike Kazmierski joined the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN) on November 15, 2011 after a national search to find a new President/CEO. Kazmierski leads a team of 14 economic development professionals committed to adding quality jobs to the region by recruiting new companies, supporting the success of existing companies, and assisting newly forming companies, to diversify the economy and have a positive impact on the quality of life in Greater Reno-Sparks. In the past seven years, EDAWN has assisted in the attraction of more than 175 new companies, resulting in the addition of more than 18,000 new jobs. This number is in addition to Tesla, which has added more than 7,000 new jobs over the past few years. Prior to his position at EDAWN, Kazmierski managed a 14-person non-profit economic development corporation in Colorado Spring, Colorado, as the head of the Regional Economic Development Corporation of Colorado Springs.
Kazmierski is a retired Army Colonel and former garrison commander of Fort Carson, Colorado, when it was recognized as the best of the 270 installations in the Army. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy, (West Point) a Masters degree in Business Administration, and a Masters degree in Military Arts & Science. Mike is a Wisconsin native and his wife, Margaret, a former attorney and school teacher, is now a realtor for Dickson Realty. They have two children, Zack, 24 and Claire, 22.